Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News

Patrick May

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Patrick:

Poll: the stress of holiday spending runs deep in all of us

So much for happy holidays. Most of us, according to a new survey from Union Bank, are worried about overspending for Christmas gifts. Three out of four people surveyed are stressed out about overeating, even before the overeating has begun. Nearly 40 percent of us fret about drinking too much over the holidays, while a third of those polled said they’re prepared to go into debt in order to buy… → Read More

Wish Book: San Jose non-profit helps disadvantaged kids see the light

Eye exams and glasses are just some of the ways that the Healthier Kids Foundation is changing lives → Read More

San Francisco is one of three major cities in the U.S. that loves pot more than nicotine

Survey: San Franciscans love pop more than nicotine → Read More

Porch pirates bring more holiday stress to the Bay Area

It’s Cyber Monday, which means the porch pirates are going to strike. Like a beautifully choreographed ballet, the Amazon Prime, FedEx and UPS trucks will glide through our neighborhoods this week, dropping off holiday gifts just as the thieves follow close behind, helping themselves to those one-day deliveries left at the front door. While some studies show that the number of packages stolen… → Read More

Bay Area drivers: How to avoid the worst of Thanksgiving traffic

With little to no rain to contend with for months now, San Francisco Bay Area drivers are now going through the wet version of a trial by fire. → Read More

The travail of traveling around Turkey Day

Ah, the joys of holiday travel. Flight delays, departure-level gridlock, flight cancellations, overbookings, gate changes. The fun never ends. If you or your loved ones are among those pitiful Americans who plan to fly somewhere this week for Thanksgiving, it’s time to fasten your seatbelt. Traveling in an and out of places like the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Miami and, oh heck, just about… → Read More

Here comes the rain – and the winds and the cold and maybe even some snow

Bay Area braces for its first big rain storm in months → Read More

Dreamforce 2019 comes to San Francisco and social media eats it up

San Francisco is awash this week with talk of “heterogeneous/hybrid cloud landscapes,” “software acquisition strategies,” “integrations and visualization needs” and much much more. On Thursday morning, day three of this week’s annual Dreamforce tech fest, hundreds lined up to try and catch the keynote by former President Obama, just the latest in a string of crowd-crushes that have made the… → Read More

Rain, and even some snow, expected for Turkey Day in Northern California

Rain and snow expected next week in Northern California → Read More

Rain, and even some snow, expected for Turkey Day in Northern California

Rain and snow expected next week in Northern California → Read More

The month's best meteor shower arrives late Saturday

The month's best meteor shower arrives late Saturday → Read More

Buckle your seatbelts, Dreamforce is coming: ten things you should know

In an annual ritual, much of downtown San Francisco next week will once again be gobbled up by Dreamforce, the team-building trade fair. → Read More

Leaving California: These places will pay you to move there

With Silicon Valley watching a booming job market push real-estate prices through the roof, a lot of communities far from the Bay Area are providing incentives for residents to move there. → Read More

Californians: The Americans a lot of other Americans love to hate

Californians endure the slings and arrows of the twittering masses → Read More

‘Burning Man: The Musical’ is coming — here’s what you need to know

‘Burning Man: The Musical’ gets a staged reading Dec. 7-8 at Z Space in San Francisco → Read More

Social-media vents over DMV data breach

The DMV announced this week that there has been a data breach involving the personal Social Security data of 3,200 people with driver's licenses. → Read More

Start expected for start of commercial crab season

State plans to postpone start of the commercial Dungeness crab season → Read More

Start of commercial crab season expected to be delayed

State plans to postpone start of the commercial Dungeness crab season → Read More

A Trump plan to further commercialize national parks is drawing heat from the Twittering masses

Not everyone is thrilled with the Trump Administration's ideas to commercialize our national parks → Read More

Airbnb properties have seen their share of crimes and other troubles

The Halloween shooting that left four dead in Orinda isn't the first time an Airbnb unit has been turned into a crime scene. → Read More